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Posts from March 2020

Online Church – 29th March

Welcome to Online Church for Sunday 29th March 2020

You can watch our service here, and find additional resources below

Philippians 3:1-9 (NIV)

No Confidence in the Flesh
3 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

Childrens’ resources

Worship playlist

  • Cornerstone
  • When I survey the wondrous cross
  • And I will serve no foreign god (Chorus only: I lift my hands)

Online Church – March 22nd

Welcome to Online Church for Sunday 22nd March 2020

You can watch our service here, and find additional resources below

Philippians 2:12-30 (NIV)

Do everything without grumbling
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’[a] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.

25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honour people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.

Follow Me

Video clip from The Chosen series in which Jesus calls Matthew the tax collector

Childrens’ resources

Mothers’ Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies connected with Westwoodhill. Thank you for your love, care and positive influence in many lives. May the Lord bless you as you continue to serve Him in your home and in the wider family of God. Let these wise words from Proverbs be an encouragement and challenge as you shine for God.

Worship playlist

  • This I believe
  • This is my desire
  • Great is the darkness

Coronavirus Update 17th March


You will be aware that the Elders felt it necessary to introduce some practices and protective measures when the church met Sunday past. We have of course been closely monitoring the Government’s announcements and have gauged opinion from other Christian sources as to what further steps should be taken.

The Elders met again this evening and have unanimously agreed that the church at Westwoodhill has a clear obligation to follow the scientific and medical advice for the protection of our church family and of our community at large.

It is therefore with heavy hearts that we share the following new measures to be introduced for the foreseeable future but to be reviewed in 4-weeks’ time –

  1. House Groups can no longer meet – however, we would encourage you to continue privately with the material and be blessed as you study and meditate on God’s Word.
  2. Sunday morning and Sunday evening Services will not continue meantime. However, we plan to make use of recorded or live streaming of our Sermons and again benefit and be blessed though the Preaching of God’s Word. We are hopeful of having this in place for Sunday coming, guidance on this will be shared with the church before Sunday.
  3. Activity Groups meeting in the church building cannot now continue.
  4. There is no doubt what has come upon our lives, our Fellowship, our Nation, our World is overwhelming and can indeed be the cause of much worry and anxiety. The Elders are now working on plans to ensure as best we can, that Pastoral care and support one for the other continues. We call upon the whole fellowship to play your part and be prepared to show a care, compassion and love for one another prayerfully and practically. We will update you on this matter in due course.
  5. Overarching all of this, we will continue to Pray, casting ourselves on our loving Heavenly Father who promises His peace in times of trouble.
  6. Let us not neglect our obligations to pray for those in authority over us and who carry the weight of responsibility as they determine and make decisions for our nation, may they seek God’s guidance and wisdom in all these matters. Also, for our NHS, Medical, Caring and Emergency Services and all who work tirelessly for the health and welfare of our Communities.

Yours in Christ Jesus our Lord,
The Elders.

Coronavirus measures at Westwoodhill


Coronavirus measures at Westwoodhill

You will be very much aware of the present situation within our nation. Government decisions and announcements are being communicated daily and there is no question we are in uncharted waters.

In the light of this the Elders have prayerfully considered the situation and have decided a number of measures which Westwoodhill Church must embrace. The following are the first steps we will introduce as of tomorrow Sunday 15th March 2020, these may be amended week by week:

  1. Please do not attend church if you are suffering from any coughs, sneezes, fever or suffer from any underlying health problems and particularly so if you are within one of the vulnerable groups, i.e. elderly, attending hospital or undergoing other medical care. Should this be the case, please make contact with an Elder or someone else in the church. It is vital we are aware of your plans and can then maintain a Pastoral contact and support one another while we all face up to this unprecedented challenge.
  2. Others who do come to church – must firstly wash your hands in the prescribed manner as you enter the building. We expect to hear many 20 second renditions of the Lord’s Prayer.
  3. Please refrain from shaking hands or embracing one another. Difficult in Westwoodhill, but we will teach you a ‘sign language’ alternative for future use.
  4. Children & Creche kids should go straight downstairs where Sunday Club leaders and helpers will assist. They will stay downstairs for a shortened Sunday Club / Creche.
  5. We will not now share in tea/coffee morning or evening. However, we suggest you still come early giving time to deal with point 2 above.
  6. The All-age Service will commence as usual at 11.00, however, we will minimise our Praise time but will nevertheless give our Preachers enough time to share their message. We expect the Service time now to be around 45 minutes.
  7. We have decided to postpone our normal Communion Service arrangements. We will investigate other options but feel at the moment that it is impossible to prevent passing on the virus through handling the emblems etc.
  8. For the same reason, our weekly offering bags will not now be used. A basket will be made available in the foyer as you leave, please make best use of this.
  9. The evening Discipleship Explored Course will continue; however, we plan to make use of more areas within the church so as to give better space for the various table groups.
  10. There is a need to be hyper- cautious with our personal cleanliness especially within the building, try as best you can from touching surfaces, e.g., door handles, switches, equipment. Doors will be wedged open to help minimise the need to open and close them. We will arrange to clean these surfaces thereafter as necessary.
  11. The above are just some initial steps we feel we must introduce; the Elders will continue to be vigilant with developments in this matter. There is every likelihood that other steps will be taken as more information comes to hand with regards to other Ministries of the Church, e.g. the Little Rainbows Toddler Groups have already been asked to stop. Measures for other activities will be considered and advised separately.

Let us double our efforts to care and support one another through these days. May we have a special care for those who see themselves with the vulnerable group, keep in touch with one another and share any particular matters of concern with the Elders.

Hospital and Care Home facilities etc., have introduced controls and limitations for visitors, we must also be wise and considerate in this matter with one another.

Importantly, in the midst of this unprecedented time let us remember the Lord is with us always and is able to help us experience His peace and bring calm into our hearts and minds.

Yours in Christ,